Education and Learning Theory



With the expanded use of medical simulation in healthcare, it is important that our knowledge and application of teaching and learning perspectives expand correspondingly in order to guide practice. To better understand the learner and the process of learning, it is essential to possess at least a foundational understanding of learning theory. Applying learning theory and knowledge of teaching is key to the success of the educational goals of medical simulation and to patient care. Accordingly, this chapter will present information that operationalizes aspects of educational theories and theoretical perspectives into approaches that are immediately applicable to learning in an educational environment focused on healthcare simulation and that will serve to guide teaching practices. This chapter will also examine the role of prior knowledge in learning, as well as the role of motivation and self-reflection in the learning process.


Teaching Learning Experiential learning Educational theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AdministrationJohnson and Wales UniversityProvidenceUSA

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